Kevin Langford 's basket with one second remaining led the the TCU Horned Frogs to a 53-51 victory over the Tulane Green Wave in a non-conference matchup from Daniel-Meyer Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday afternoon before a crowd of 3,396.
TCU's record improves to 6-3. Tulane falls to 5-4 for the season.
Tulane's David Gomez led all scorers with 31 points on 12-of-18 shooting from the floor. Gomez
also grabbed 9 rebounds.
Sophomore Daniel Puckett contributed 7 points and also grabbed 9 rebound, but freshman point
guard Kevin Sims was held scoreless and was forced into four turnovers.
Puckett actually led the team in the turnover category with 6, including a crucial mid-court violation on an in-bounds play with 1:30 remaining and he Green Wave leading 49-48. Puckett's turnover set up the Frogs Keion Mitchum for a trey which gave the lead back to TCU at 51-49 and turned the momentum in the Frogs favor.
Puckett made amends with a basket that tied the score at 51 with :23 remaining, but the Frogs
played for the last shot and Langford hit a jumper to seal the victory.
Brent Hackett led TCU with 15 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the field. For the game, the Horned Frogs shot 41.2% from the floor and 46.2% from beyond the three-point arc.
Mitchem was 3-of-5 shooting from three-point range, and Hackett hit on 3-of-6 treys to lead
TCU to the victory. Mitchem added 13 points for the Frogs.
Tulane had taken a 14-11 lead with 10:39 to play before the Frogs went on a 17-4 run to close the
half and staking themselves to a 28-20 halftime lead. The TCU run was largely fueled by seven
Altogether the Green Wave turned the ball over 12 times in the first half.
In the second half the TCU held the Green Wave to just 1-of-5shooting from three-point range and Tulane shot an anemic 35% from the field.
The Frogs out-turnovered the Green Wave 17-16, but the Wave outrebounded TCU 38-37, although
the teams were even with 10 offensive rebounds apiece.
TCU was a weak 5-of-16 at the charity stripe, while Tulane made 9-of-11 free throws, with Gomez hitting on 7-of-9 attemptd from the line.
The ultimate margin of victory for the Horned Frogs was their edge from outside the arc, where their team shooting percentage was 46.2% on 6-of-13 shooting. For the game, Tulane shot 15.4% from beyond the arc on a 2-for-13 effort. The Wave was 1-of-8 from outside the arc in the first half.
For the game, Tulane's Puckett was 1-of-4, and Chris Moore was 1-for-5 from beyond the arc.
Overall Tulane's weak shooting continued all night with Chris Moore shooting a sorry 1-of-10 from the floor for the game. For the night Matt Wheaton was 0-for-4; Kevin Sims was held to 0-3 from the floor for the night; while Kory Castine was 0-3 from inside.
Tulane breaks for exams and will resume action Dec. 22 when they take to the Fogleman Arena
hardwood for a non-conference game with Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Tipoff is set for 7.p.m.